Citrix acquires Sapho for $200 million to create smarter, superior work experience

Citrix has announced the acquisition of enterprise micro-app software provider Sapho for $200 million (£155.6m) to help ‘redefine the employee experience.’

Regular readers of this publication will be aware of Sapho’s modus operandi. The company aims to break down monolithic behemoth apps into micro-apps in one mobile, social-esque feed, whether it’s expense approvals from Concur or PO approvals from...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, RMAD.

Don’t let your next big idea die: How the CIO can use low code to be innovation’s biggest champion

You’d be hard pressed to find an executive who’d disagree that the speed of innovation is a critical success factor in modern business. In the face of such pressure, businesses know innovation needs to be a focus and many talk a lot about the strategic importance of innovation to secure their future.

But the unavoidable truth is that most businesses produce dozens, if not hundreds, of new ideas every year that come...

By Nick Ford, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Gartner notes concern over employees developing future skills amid digital transformation drive

As organisations continue to undergo their digital transformation initiatives, what does this mean for employees? According to the latest note from Gartner, the majority of workers are set to struggle with the skills needed for future roles.

More than two in three business leaders polled by the analyst firm said their company needs to become ‘significantly digitalised’ by 2020 or risk obsolescence. What’s...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Mendix and Major League Hacking want to tool students up with low code app building skills

Low- and no-code application technologies are helping lower barriers to software development – and thanks to a new partnership, this change is going as far back as the classroom.

App development platform provider Mendix is teaming up with Major League Hacking (MLH) to provide resources for students to build working apps in only two hours at MLH’s on-campus hackathons.

The...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, RMAD.

Siemens snaps up Mendix in $730m deal to ‘strengthen digital enterprise leadership’

Siemens has announced the acquisition of low-code app platform provider Mendix for €0.6 billion ($730m) alongside putting across a ‘significant multi-year investment to accelerate R&D innovation’ and the global footprint of its platform.

The move will see Mendix move into Siemens’ ‘digital factory’ division, which aims to focus on hardware and software products integrating with the...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Mendix, OutSystems, Salesforce and ServiceNow top Gartner hpaPaaS Magic Quadrant

Mendix, OutSystems, Salesforce and ServiceNow sit atop the summit of Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for enterprise high productivity application platform as a service (hpaPaaS).

The report marks Gartner’s second in the rather complicated-sounding ‘hpaPaaS’ category. To translate, the category covers rapid application development in the cloud with both low-code and no code capabilities; but as Gartner adds, their functionality is expanding to cover the Internet of Things (IoT),...

By James Bourne, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Low-code development platforms: Pain or gain?

According to Gartner, through 2021 market demand for software application development will grow at least five times faster than IT has capacity to deliver it. And according to various analysts and surveys a significant proportion of applications developed won’t meet user expectations, probably through lack of a clear understanding of the requirement in the first place, changing needs or by not being appealing to use.

Vendors of low-code...

By Johan den Haan, 26 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Will web apps steal native mobile apps’ EMM crown?

Cost is frequently cited as a top reason why companies don’t develop as many mobile applications as they would like.

There are, of course, ways around this–many of which we’ve discussed here on our blog. Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD), for example, turned traditional mobile app development on its head by giving companies a low-priced, efficient way to quickly develop and deploy apps. Many companies have used...

By App47, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Out of the shadows: What’s next for citizen developers?

The original definition of a “citizen developer” was someone outside IT who creates new business applications for a department or team using single-user or workgroup solutions built with tools like Microsoft Excel and Access. Sometimes they were sanctioned by corporate IT, but many of them were “rogue” or part of a group known as “shadow IT.”

By contrast, today’s citizen developers can build departmental, enterprise, and even public applications using shared services,...

By Nick Pike, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

How custom app platforms are changing the game for line of business professionals

It is both an exciting and a confusing time to be a line-of-business (LOB) manager. A recent study by Forrester found that LOB professionals don’t always agree with the operational technology (OT) or IT security teams about who is responsible for what in their device-connected networks. Almost half (45 percent) of IT respondents think LOB staff should be responsible for IoT default configurations.

Why? Most likely because the IT department is already swamped with...

By Andrew LeCates, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

PowWow Mobile focuses on smart app templates and more with latest product release

PowWow Mobile, a San Francisco-based provider of enterprise mobility software, has launched the latest version of its SmartUX product focused on enterprise mobile app creation and modernisation.

The latest offering, version 6.0, has a variety of updates, from the introduction of micro-app templates for mobilising common enterprise workflows, to extended drag and drop capabilities.

The product has four elements aimed at helping organisations build, repurpose and deliver enterprise mobile apps. These are...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

How citizen developers are enabling digital transformation

Digital transformation requires not just a new set of technologies, but also a rethinking of processes and roles.

Part of this shift in mindset involves letting citizen developers—those with no formal development experience—find and create digital solutions to current business processes that are causing problems. These processes were traditionally the responsibility of IT departments, but they are moving to the line of business, where those who best understand the problem are. And why do they know...

By Ann Monroe, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

The truth about low-code platforms: Debunking the myths

The term "low-code app development" didn't exist until a few years ago, but the concept isn't a new one. In the last decade, the possibility of building a working business application in a few hours has come to fruition and has attracted an enormous amount of interest from enterprise professionals around the world. It’s become a favourite topic for the big-name analysts, with lots of vendors beginning to offer it, and companies, who have long backlogs and customer demands for mobility,...

By Nick Pike, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

BlackBerry and Appdome team up for codeless integration of voice, video and messaging

BlackBerry and Appdome have announced a partnership to help cut down the cost of integrating messaging, voice, and video capabilities into existing applications and services.

The BBM Enterprise SDK, first made available in June, was hailed by the company at the time as offering a superior user experience compared to other enterprise instant messaging platforms, with more than 60 ISV partners at the time building...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

OutSystems adds new features to low-code platform

Low-code development platform provider OutSystems has introduced two new enhancements to its product to address major barriers to enterprise-grade mobile app development.

App Templates forms the building blocks for speed, reducing development times by as much as 70%. Each of the app template has a combination of pre-built screens with navigation, business logic and data structures. It supports out-of-the-box mobility needs like touch ID authentication, Google Maps integration, and in-app notifications.

Theme...

By Enterprise CIO, 06 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

A new generation of enterprise mobile app development: Welcome to RMAD 3.0

Way back in 2008, as consumer apps became part of everyday life, an industry built on enabling business mobility emerged along with multiple solutions that promised a simple way to develop and deploy enterprise mobile apps. Unfortunately, a lot of the lofty assurances made never came to fruition. Poor user experiences, a wildly fragmented ecosystem and substantive costs disillusioned the very potential buyers that such solutions were built for; and enterprise mobile app development has suffered in reputation...

By Kia Behnia, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Debunking the five most common myths associated with enterprise mobile apps

Each year the world becomes more mobile. According to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there are more active mobile phone subscriptions than people on the planet. In the consumer world, the mobile customer is the new norm, but the picture is notably different in the enterprise.

The typical large business uses thousands of applications, including complex legacy systems that run their core business processes. With estimates measured in months to years to mobilise each application, it’s no...

By Kristen Rachels, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Capriza announces one million member milestone, pinpoints micro apps for success

Enterprise mobility solutions provider Capriza has announced it has surpassed one million users in over 100 countries.

The company added that an uptake occurred after it launched its Micro Apps product last year – with usage figures at 200,000 just 18 months ago.

Among the statistics in the release was an interesting one: Capriza added its users have an average app interaction time per app of approximately 60 seconds. “It’s these kinds of seamless, instant, intuitive experiences that users...

By James Bourne, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Why mobile app development is a community with room for everybody

In the beginning, mobile app construction often started with end users sketching interfaces, data flow diagrams and designs – showing a picture to a highly trained, highly skilled developer – and saying “build it.” After a lengthy process of planning, hand coding, testing, prototyping and production, the app was ready – months, even a year later.

Fast forward to today’s zero-code development, in which apps are built from menus of already-built features, then deployed...

By Mike Gundling, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.